The Differences Between Platform Lifts and Passenger Lifts

A lift is a means of transporting people from one level to another within a building. They facilitate vertical circulation and are used in many different applications, including both commercial and residential.

There are several types of lift available, but the most popular types are platform lifts and passenger lifts. Understanding the differences between these two lift types will help you make an informed decision when choosing the right lift solution for your needs.

Platform lifts, also known as vertical lifting platforms are the most common type of lift for transporting passengers between floors in a building. They have a long history of use, dating back to the 1800s when they were used in ship's engines.

They are well suited to smaller passenger numbers travelling shorter distances and can travel between floors between 22 seconds on average. They are not as popular for passenger access in new buildings because of the cost and complexity of installation, but are still suitable for a wide variety of other situations where lifts are a practical and safe access solution.

Passenger lifts are a popular choice for a variety of building types, from commercial offices to residential apartments and multi-story homes. They are usually fitted with glass-walled lift cars to give passengers a view of the surrounding scenery as they move up or down.

These lifts can be geared or gearless depending on their speed requirement. Geared elevators are able to travel up to 500 feet per minute.

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